Author and Photographer: Ian Urquhart
Doors opened the Worcester Palladium at 5:45 PM. At 5:15 PM, a five-block line patiently waited to gain entrance to an anticipated night of metal. This was to be expected with Trivium and Arch Enemy co-headlining the evening’s festivities. However, before these metal vets took the stage, a few other bands wanted to make their presence known.
First to the stage: Fit For An Autopsy.
As the first band to initiate the evening’s events, Fit For An Autopsy opened the metal flood gates as well as the pit. There were no secretes about these New Jersey natives. They came to slay. Initiate: Death Metal. Featuring one of their heaviest hits “Absolute Hope Absolute Hell” off Absolute Hope Absolute Hell (2015), Worcester was given a loud wake up call to get moving, sweating, jumping and screaming. It worked. Warm-up: complete.
Next on the bill: While She Sleeps.
While far away from home, the Sheffield boys brought everything but the kitchen sink to Massachusetts. Lead by their intensely dedicated vocalist, Lawrence Taylor, gravity seemed to be non-existent. Guitar flips. Stage dives and drum leaps are what could be found during a While She Sleeps set. Persevering through microphone difficulties, nothing stopped the UK metal-heads from melting faces. What drove the crowd into a circling frenzy was their banger “Brainwashed” off of Brainwashed (2015). Coming off a recent headlining tour across-the-pond, it’s clear to see why people are drinking the While She Sleeps kool-aid.
Soon to follow: Trivium.
“Trivium! Trivium! Trivium!”
The crowd could have been heard from Lansdowne Street. A switch was flipped. The Palladium’s energy thickened as Matt Heafy, lead vocalist/guitarist, and the rest of the Florida rockers opened a Trivium can of whoop-ass while performing their newest single “The Sin and Sentence” off of The Sin and Sentence (2017). Conceptualizing the fact that hundreds of fans were witnessing legends was heavy enough; let alone Trivium’s breakdowns. “Like Light to the Flies” off of Ascendancy (2005) has easily been one of the most recognizable Trivium tracks to have been recorded. This being said… the general admission floor almost split in half when this record ripped the stage. Even the photographers couldn’t help but to sing along. And what better way to end a set than to have hundreds of headbangers jump in synchronous. Heroes get remembered, Trivium never dies.
In Conclusion: Arch Enemy.
After co-headliner number one stepped behind the curtain, surely there wasn’t enough energy for another hour-long set...
Goodness gracious did Arch Enemy deliver. With one of the most distinct, impressive and unique voices, Alissa White-Gluz, lead vocalist, made her presence known. Accompanied by two guitar-shredding pros, Michael Amott and Jeff Loomis, there was still fuel in the Worcester tank to bring it up a notch. “War Eternal” off of War Eternal (2014) triggered a floor wide mosh-pit our mothers and fathers would have been proud of. No one remained still. Absolute chaos. Even with broken in-ear-monitors, these Swedes knew what it took to perform and follow up bands like Fit For An Autopsy, While She Sleeps and Trivium. If you are contemplating going to an Arch Enemy show in the near future..
.. Do it!
Review by Camran Ferrier; Photos by Jordan Lindley
The Orpheum Theatre was a fitting venue for Evanescence to take the stage with a full orchestra to perform their newest record, Synthesis. This is their first album since 2011, and it showcases a collection of the bands music reimagined with orchestral and electronic elements added. The album itself is set to drop on November 10th, but the show was a sensational display with tantalizing lighting as a backdrop for this epic pairing, and they delivered in full to a packed house in downtown Boston.
It is not common for an alternative rock band to open their shows with a performance of Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’, but when a live orchestra is your support then you can afford such a luxury. There have been other bands that have used a live orchestra in their performances, Metallica’s ‘S&M’ album jumps to mind, but Evanescence made it their own and used it to spectacular effect when performing their new album in its entirety.
The orchestra complimented Amy Lee’s hauntingly beautiful vocals seamlessly, and the audience was on their feet when the band started playing ‘Bring Me To Life’. A perfect example of how a record released in 2003 can still hold its own in 2017. The set ranged from intense, electronic drumbeats to beautiful melodies floating over a soft piano- a dynamic and versatile performance that was incredibly entertaining to watch.
‘Synthesis’ is to be released on November 10th, and going off of the tracks currently available as well as the performance on Sunday night it will be something inspiring. Don’t be fooled into thinking Evanescence are just nostalgia to your teenage years, they are still going strong and I would highly recommend trying to catch them on this tour. Check out the dates below for upcoming shows!
11/7 - Sands Bethlehem Event Center - Bethlehem, PA
11/8 - Hippodrome Theatre - Baltimore, MD
11/10 - Kings Theatre- Brooklyn, NY
11/30 - Chicago Theatre - Chicago, IL
12/2 - The Palladium - Carmel, IN
12/5 - State Theatre - Minneapolis, MN
12/6 - Orpheum Theatre - Madison, WI
12/8 - Sony Centre for the Performing Arts - Toronto, Ontario
12/9 - Caesar's Windsor - Windsor, Ontario
12/11 - Kansas City Music Hall - Kansas City, MO
12/13 - Paramount Theatre - Denver, CO
12/15 - Grand Theatre at the Grand Sierra Resort - Reno, NV
12/16 - Masonic Auditorium - San Francisco, CA
12/19 - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall - Portland, OR
Author and Photographer: Ian Urquhart
A heavy hitting lineup awaited the city of Worcester, Massachusetts on an unseasonably warm October Friday evening. Lines extended from block to block while Spotify playlists provided the before-show entertainment.
First on the ticket: Escape the Fate.
Holy 2009. Escape the Fate brought the, “middle school” out of everyone while these Vegas rockers came out swinging. Opening the set, Kevin “Thrasher” Gruft flexed his finger muscles ripping a solo during the performance of “Just a Memory” off of Hate Me (2015). Cable whips, stick flips and devil horns were on full display. However, like any band that has been around for quite some time knows, there were a lot of dedicated fans present waiting for, “their old stuff.” Que, “This War is Ours (The Guillotine 2)” off of This War is Ours (2008). So much movement. So much nostalgia.
Next up: The Word Alive.
Feeling a bit under the weather, Telle Smith (lead vocalist) showed little to no hinderance opening the evening with their most recent single Misery (2017). The breakdowns these Pheonix natives produced almost put holes through the walls. Even performing through a few technical and health difficulties, the Worcester crowd provided enough backing vocals to leave The Word Alive with a full-hearted appreciation for the cities of Worcester and Boston. Telle took a few moments to express his gratitude for how accommodating the State of Massachusetts has always been. This fueled and ignited the most intense circle pit of the evening while “Trapped” off of Dark Matter (2016) rocked and sent the Arizona boys home with a smile.
Next up: We Came As Romans.
October 20th, 2017 was a special day for the 313 lads. Not only did they return to Worcester, but their most recent album was released earlier that afternoon - Cold LIke War (2017). Speaking of which, “Cold Like War” off of Cold Like War provided a modulated punch to the face as the opening track. Additionally, there was a pleasant surprise-showing of “Glad you Came” off the Pop Goes Punk Volume (2012). In many ways, this caught those attending off guard but in the best way possible. As a going away present, Kyle Pavone (clean vocalist, pianist, synthesist) asked for the crowd’s assistance as he belted the ending verse to “Hope” off of Understanding What We’ve Grown to Be (2011) while being held up by the third row of the pit.
Completing the evening: I Prevail
Welcome to Wrestlemania - I Prevail edition. The stage set up for the Rage On The Stage tour resembled the ghosts of Royal Rumble’s past. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, I Prevail took the stage without Brian Burkheiser (lead vocalist) due to surgical recovery. Nevertheless, they still laid the smackdown on every jabroni in the venue. Apart from performing their most popular tracks like, “Love, Lust & Liars” off of Heart V.S Mind (2014) and “RISE” off of Lifelines (2016), a few special appearances found their way into the ring. One lucky fan was given the chance to be the Boston’s heel against the I Prevail’s babyface - Dylan Bowman (guitarist). In efforts to shut down the heel, an acoustic rendition of “Get Low” by Lil Jon was dedicated to the fan’s mother. Apart from the music itself, I Prevail incorporated a wrestling role play throughout the entire set. This provided an intimate connection with the fans and band members. And with no surprise, “Scars” off of Lifelines (2016) concluded the evening’s festivities with a wall-of-death that nearly tore the floor in half.
If you have the chance to check out one of the remaining Rage On The Stage tour stops, I highly recommend wearing a DX or Stone Cold Steve Austin shirt. You might get the stunner. Can I get a hell yeah?
By Jordan Lindley
Saturday night in Somerville, MA was filled with marching drums, dancing, and more Telecasters than you could shake a Schecter at. The ONCE Ballroom hosted Half The Animal, Magic Giant, and Atlas Genius in a floor-shaking performance that had my ears ringing into the next day.
First up was Half The Animal, revving up the audience with tones like Fitz and the Tantrums and Young the Giant. The four-piece group kicked the crowd's energy into a higher gear, giving the first three rows no choice but to dance along. While their originals were exciting and well-arranged, their surprise cover of Childish Gambino's hit song Redbone brought the whole performance together.
Next came Magic Giant, who burst onto the stage with a crazy-cool blend of folk/space rock/pop/bluegrass. I could describe them as a cross between Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, and Imagine Dragons, but there's something new in their set that none of those bands could combine to create. Between swapping instruments mid-song, breaking out two giant bass drums and a viola, and literally climbing into the middle of the crowd to do an acoustic performance, Magic Giant lifted the spirits in the room and left us wanting more. I quite literally heard a fellow audience member say "that was the best performance I have ever seen" before the headliner.
Atlas Genius took the stage to an eager crowd. The 5-piece group played everything from their first EP to a Tears For Fears cover -- no stone in their discography was left unturned. The expected hits came out like "Trojans" and "If So," as well as their newest single, 63 Days, but welcome additions to the setlist, all the same. Keep an eye out for Atlas Genius's new album, due out soon, and for more concert coverage, stick with Headrush TV!
By Chris Coutsoukis
Make no mistake about it, 311 is down for the unity. This Sunday, 311's annual 'Unity Tour' returned to Boston’s Blue Hills Bank Pavilion for a night of new music and fun in the sun.
Year after year, 'Unity Tour' has featured a diverse range of musical talent such as Sublime with Rome, Slightly Stoopid, and even Snoop Dogg. This year, 311 shook things up with the U.K.'s The Skints and New Politics, offering a fresh look and feel for the tour.
All summer long the band has been playing brand new music from their latest album, Mosaic. In typical fashion, 311 delivered on a hard-hitting set of fan favorites as well as breaking in new favorites like "Too Late," "Too Much To Think," "Til' the City’s on Fire," and "Wildfire." For anyone paying attention to the set list, the band played a lot of new music... and that's a good thing.
Mosaic offers an exciting evolution to 311's well established sound and is one of our favorite albums of the summer. Want more? Check out the band's latest album and tour schedule below.
"Lifelines" tour with I prevail, Islander, Wage war, and assuming we survive in boston at Brighton music hall
by Michael Connelly
Islander crashed like a gnarly wave into Brighton music Hall on 2/13/16. Alongside them performed Assuming We Survive, Wage War, and the much-loved headliner, I Prevail. The sold-out venue was the backdrop for the second show of the Lifelines tour. The same, inclusive theme from all bands was carried out and that no matter who we are or what we go through you are still human at the end of the day.
Assuming We Survive kicked the show off with some hard hitting skate park head bangers, bringing in a simultaneous wave of nostalgia and unique face-kicking rock. The lead guitarist also proclaimed his love, one that we all secretly share, for Denny's Restaurant on this cold and romantic Valentine’s eve. Assuming We Survive played their hearts out for their hit song "Down", and the crowd reacted accordingly as the amplifiers echoed through the rafters, leaving well-earned pools of sweat on the stage.
Next on to stage came Islander. Islander has a very unique sound, echoing Red Hot Chili Peppers while at the same time sounding like Beastie Boys with a mix of good ol’ Marley. Islander is like a tropical cocktail at a biker bar that usually only serves beer and shots. The group’s hardcore intensity stayed consistent throughout each song, echoing subtle messages encouraging social change. Mikey killed it on the vocals, as was to be expected. His voice on “Devil Red” was spectacular, reaching tones I previously thought impossible. We were lucky enough to talk with him behind the scenes - as you can see in our Exclusive Interview! The crowd's chants of "You can't change me" rang throughout Brighton Music Hall from the song "Darkness." My personal favorite song by the band started with Mikey saying “This is what electricity sounds like,” before launching into a song to raise the hair on your neck. From the ephemeral tones of space to sitting Island side and hands waving back and forth, Islander certainly is a journey not to be missed.
Wage war controlled the crowd and played some songs from the album, "Blueprints." Cody Quithsaid's clean vocals combined with Briton bond's dirty vocals synchronized amazingly, leading to lifting harmonies and palpable power in every vocal line. Listening to Briton sing, I couldn’t help but feel empowered as he captivated his audience with the sound of his voice and ordered for the creation of a legendary mosh-pit. Wage War's set brought the battle to the masses, and showcased standout songs such as "21" and "Witness."
Then, the moment we’ve all been waiting for: I Prevail came out to play in an amazing display of strobe lights and guitar riffs as their set began. I found myself humming the melody of “stuck in your head” as the crowd jumped to the beat. The impassioned audience could be heard for blocks, singing “Stuck in Your Head.” The audience was electric and I Prevail fed off of the adrenaline.It was epic, to say the least. Brian Burkeheirs’ clean vocals were stellar throughout the entire set. I Prevail’s performance of “Chaos” was mind-bending to witness in person. The band played this flagship song with such raw emotion, belting “Home is where you make it!” as every single living body in the building shouted along. I Prevail not only crushed their original content but, also played a few little covers before the night ended. Avril Lavgine’s Complicated made it on the set as well as Puddle of Mudd’s “She Hates Me”. To everyone’s surprise, and enjoyment, the beloved metal rock stars topped off their nightly covers with Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space.” To some, lyrics are just that - blank slates for you to bop along to on the train. Yet, after this experience of a show, my more pertinent takeaway is to rock hard unapologetic-ally, and most importantly, “home is where you make it!”
By: Cody Strubel
Disturbed, with special guests Chevelle and Nothing More, lit up the night at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA. After touring with Breaking Benjamin this past summer, they are getting ready to wrap up their fall tour in the States before heading overseas through the beginning of next year.
Nothing More opened with drums pounding and lights flashing. Jonny Hawkins, shirtless and shoeless, took the stage and they led with “Christ Copyright”. The group pumped up the crowd with songs ‘Jenny” and “Ocean Floor” before treating the fans to their new single, “Ripping Me Apart”. Their iconic and exciting four-man drum solo was incorporated into “Salem” to close out the set.
Chevelle just released, The North Corridor, in July and excited the crowd with “Joyride” and “Door to Door Cannibals” off of the album. They also played past favorites “Hats Off to the Bull” and “Take Out the Gunman”. Their performance was high-energy and the first small mosh pits started throughout the set. They finished with the “Send the Pain Below”, a perfect choice to pump up the crowd for the main act.
The stage was hidden from the eager crowd by a black veil when suddenly a shadow appeared and the first few riffs of “The Eye of the Storm” filled the arena. The audience cheered loudly at the first taste of the main act and with a drop of the curtain they segued into “Immortalized”. Disturbed fed the crowd original favorites “The Game” and “Prayer” but didn’t disappoint with new hits “The Vengeful One”, “The Sound of Silence”, and “The Light”. They played an impressive 16-song set and even spoiled the crowd with a 3-song encore. Disturbed definitely put on one hell of a show, check them out at one of the few remaining US shows and you won’t be disappointed.
10/17 Austin, TX
10/18 Midland, TX
10/19 El Paso, TX
10/21 Glendale, AZ
By Catherine Patchell
Hard Rock veterans Rob Zombie and Korn have been trekking the nation stage all summer long with In This Moment. August 28th saw The Return Of The Dreads tour nearing the end of its run, but not before stopping at the Xfinity Center just outside of Boston, MA.
In typical fashion, In This Moment hyped fans for an anything but tame evening of hard hitting rock music. The female-fronted act led by Maria Brink never disappoints with their diverse and high intensity performances. Combining newly crafted theatrical elements throughout "Black Widow" and "Sex Metal Barbie" but also classic tunes from their catalog such as "Adrenalize" and "Blood." After the short but sweet set from ITM all that could be said was the band delivered.
With much anticipation brewing from his hometown crowd, Rob Zombie took the stage with ferocity. Selecting hits from his 2016, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser (yeah, you read that right), such as "The Hideous Exhibitions of a Dedicated Gore Whore" and "Well, Everybody's Fucking in a U.F.O." As fans have grown to expect, Rob Zombie graced Xfinity Center with both a highly entertaining and slightly display of arena rock anthems.
Without further adieu, the nu-metal heroes in Korn took the stage to close out the evening. Teasing fans one member at a time until vocalist Jonathan Davis grabbed his custom mic (pictured above), the band enter Mansfield with commanding force. Musically, the band are now back to a nearly original line-up with the relatively recent return of guitarist and Love and Death front-man Brian "Head" Welch. Welch's contribution to the band has helped revitalize the band's original tenacity evidenced by two new singles from Sunday's concert "Rotting in Vain" and "Insane." The band's new album The Serenity of Suffering is slated for release October 21 via Roadrunner Records and can be pre-ordered at this link.
By: Chris Coutsoukis
This past month Korn invaded Boston's House of Blues celebrating the twentieth reunion of their self-titled album, Korn. After a two decade-long wait, fans of the band got to hear the album front-to-back in its entirety, including rarely heard live deep tracks such as "Lies," "Fake," and "Divine." Fans of the band got more than they bargained for when Korn brought along Suicide Silence and Islander to get things started. Suicide Silence was sporting favorites from their latest album, You Can't Stop Me. You can watch our backstage interview with Suicide Silence frontman, Eddie Hermida, on HeadRush TV at this link. As typical fashion for Korn, the Nu-Metallers turned Hard Rockers brought the heat when it came to jamming old tracks, helping fans in the pit Party Like It's 1999 at the Worcester Palladium.
This past Monday, Boston's House of Blues was packed to capacity in cult like fashion for the Swedish rockers in Ghost. While Ghost may not be a household name, their original blend of melodic and theatric rock is held sacred by the band's fans. Ghost, led by Papa Emeritus III and his accompanying Ghouls were sporting tunes from their latest album, Meliora, which leads Sirius XM radio waves with singles like, "Cirice," "From the Pinnacle to the Pit," and "Majesty." While Ghost's popularity is on the rise, their live show has earned them a reputation; even sharing the stage with the likes of Avenged Sevenfold and Deftones.
After the psychedelic opening set from UK act Purson, Ghost made their eerie presence known with an epic rendition of Meliora's opening track "Spirit." The packed venue of hard-rocking Bostonians responded with vigor and emotion as Ghost continued to guide the crowd through a sermon of favorites like "Year Zero," "If You have Ghosts," "Absolution," and "Monstrance Clock." Ghost has had a contagious effect amongst their die hard group of fans, if you haven't given them a listen, it may be time.
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